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The week ahead: 'Baggage Claim,' 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'McCanick' and more

Paula Patton plays a flight attendant looking for love in the romantic comedy "Baggage Claim." Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld star in the latest movie version of "Romeo and Juliet." David Morse and the late Cory Monteith are among the stars in the crime thriller "McCanick." These are among the films that premiere on demand from Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"Baggage Claim"
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Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

Feb. 18, 2014: "Baggage Claim" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister's wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (played by Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. Using her airline connections to "accidentally" meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy. Also starring Boris Kodjoe, Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, LaLa Anthony, Christina Milian, Derek Luke, Terrence J, Lauren London, Jenifer Lewis and Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson.

For more info: "Baggage Claim" website

Feb. 18, 2014: "Romeo and Juliet" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

"Romeo and Juliet," William Shakespeare’s epic and searing tale of love, is revitalized on screen by writer Julian Fellowes and director Carlos Carlei. An ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is re-imagined for the 21st century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. With an all-star cast including Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld (as Romeo and Juliet) and Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard (as Romeo and Juliet's feuding fathers), it affords those unfamiliar with the tale the chance to put faces to the two names they’ve undoubtedly heard innumerable times: Romeo and Juliet.

For more info: "Romeo and Juliet" website

Feb. 18, 2014: "McCanick" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.

When narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (played by David Morse) discovers that a seemingly harmless young criminal, Simon Weeks (played by Cory Monteith), has been released from prison, it triggers a firestorm of paranoia and violence. Unbeknownst to the chief of police (played by Ciaran Hinds), Mack and his partner, Floyd (played by Mike Vogel), mercilessly hunt down Weeks for unknown reasons over the course of one long, hot day. The closer Mack gets to his prey, the more we understand that his frenzy stems from a truth from the past, which only Weeks can expose.

For more info: "McCanick" website

Feb. 18, 2014: “What's Wrong With Frank Chin?"

This insightful documentary (which first made the festival rounds back in 2005) explores the life of Frank Chin, the godfather of modern Asian-Americanism. Taking a look at his life story and the many controversies raging over him during the past 30 years, the film reveals the much larger implications of the literary, ideological and cultural changes taking place in Asian America.

Feb. 18, 2014: "You Don't Know Dick"

This award-winning, compelling, and thought-provoking documentary provides riveting portraits of a diverse group of six men who once were women and chose to change their gender. Featuring interviews with friends, partners, and family members, the film explores the struggle each subject has had in recovering his dignity and identities once denied to them. “You Don’t Know Dick” is an unforgettable story of self-discovery and challenges all of us to re-examine the foundations of our ideas and feelings about gender, sexuality and identity.

Feb. 18, 2014: “Buck Wild” (Before DVD release)

“Buck Wild” is a tongue-in-cheek adventure that turns the buddy comedy upside down while tearing zombies inside out! Craig Thompson’s idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancée and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, Craig’s cousin appears to be on the verge of a murderous rampage, while a rapidly spreading Chupacabra virus is transforming locals into the undead. After taking drastic measures to protect themselves, the boys must put aside their differences to survive an insidious hillbilly gang and impending zombie melee. Starring Matthew Albrecht, Mark Ford, Meg Cionni and Joe Stevens.

For more info: "Buck Wild" website

Feb. 20, 2014: “Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” (One week after theatrical release)

“Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” was inspired by a true story and adapted from the seminal book Reality and Dream by Georges Devereux. At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard (played by Benicio Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot who fought in France, is admitted to Topeka Military Hospital in Kansas, an institution specializing in mental illness. Jimmy suffers from numerous symptoms: dizzy spells, temporary blindness, hearing loss and withdrawal. In the absence of any physiological causes, he is diagnosed as schizophrenic. Nevertheless, the hospital management decides to seek the opinion of Georges Devereux (played by Mathieu Amalric), a Hungrian Jew who moved to Paris before spending years studying the Mojaves in the West. “Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” tells the story of the encounter and developing friendship between two men who would never normally have met, and who appear to have nothing in common.

For more info: "Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" website

Feb. 21, 2014: “Cheap Thrills” (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.

“Cheap” Thrills follows Craig (played by Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (played by Ethan Embry). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (played by David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (played by Sara Paxton). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

For more info: "Cheap Thrills" website

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